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International & Area Studies

KU Libraries are a strong supporter of international and area studies. For decades KU Librarians and staff have partnered with KU Area Studies programs and language departments to assemble diverse and unique materials from all over the world in support of research and learning at KU. The collection consists of over 1.5 million volumes and electronic objects and is particularly strong for Africa, East Asia, Latin America, Russia, Eastern Europe, and the Caucasus, and Central Asia. Friendly librarians and staff provide a suite of services, including:

  • Research consultations with specialists in each world region
  • Instructional support for KU courses related to world regions and international topics
  • Online guides of recommended resources to help students get started with their research
  • Resources for K-12 teachers about world regions
  • Library tours in selected languages

Regions & Collections


1.5 million visits a year at 7 library locations
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection
—American Library Association
KU ScholarWorks offers access to more than 7,000 items created by KU faculty and students
An international leader in the open access movement
Users check out nearly 300,000 items every year
Users access more than 3.3 million articles online each year
More than 111,000 scores, books, sound recordings, and other volumes in Music & Dance Library
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More than 700 Vosper Society members support the mission of KU Libraries
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